A line of flavor-infused cooking oils developed in collaboration with Cotton Incorporated and marketed under the brand name Acala Farms, has recently been launched by Botham Brands, company officials announced today. The oils and the Acala Farms brand are an outgrowth of research conducted by Cotton Incorporated in its efforts to add value to and open new markets for cotton, and in turn, for America’s cotton producers. Botham Brands, owned by Peter and Sarah Botham, is also the Wisconsin-based parent company of Botham Vineyards, Inc. (www.bothamvineyards.com).
Cotton has been considered a food crop by U.S. regulatory agencies for more than 100 years, and is used in making many foods commonly found in our homes, said Sarah Botham, president and director of marketing for Acala Farms, including mayonnaise, salad dressings, ice cream, potato chips, hot dogs and more. “We are the exclusive producer of flavor-infused cottonseed oils, but the concept of cotton as a food crop isn’t new.”
Re-introducing cotton as a food crop is high on the list of priorities for Cotton Incorporated, according to Tom Wedegaertner, director of cottonseed research and marketing for Cotton Incorporated. “Our collaboration with Acala Farms to introduce the flavor-infused oils is just the beginning of this initiative. We have several more products in development and hope to work with Acala Farms to bring them to market as well.”
Five flavored oils—Fresh Roasted Garlic, Smoky Chipotle, Fresh Cilantro, Jalapeno-Lime and Hot Habanero—and Pure Cottonseed Oil, are the first available. Six more flavors are in development and will likely be released within three-to-six months, Botham said. A five-ounce bottle of the flavored oils retails for $5.99. The Pure Cottonseed Oil costs $4.99 for the same five-ounce bottle. “Customers are already requesting larger bottles, so we’re working to satisfy that demand as soon as possible,” she said.
Acala Farms Cottonseed Oils are rich in antioxidants, Botham said, and have zero trans fat and zero cholesterol, placing them among the most heart-healthy cooking oils on the market. “A high smoke point means that Acala Farms oils won’t burn, scorch or disappear in the pan,” she added, “so they’re great for frying, searing, sautéing and stir-frying. And the flavor you want is the flavor you get.”
The Acala Farms name was inspired by the Acala cotton species that produces the seed for the oils, Botham said. “The cotton is grown in New Mexico and throughout the U.S. Cotton Belt, and we’re proud to be supporting America’s cotton producers in this way.”
The Acala Farms oils are currently available for purchase via the Acala Farms website (www.acala-farms.com) and in the tasting room at Botham Vineyards Winery in Barneveld, Wisconsin, Botham said. “We’re working to secure distributor relationships and more retail outlets and welcome inquires, but right now, the vineyard tasting room is the only brick-and-mortar storefront where the oils are sampled and sold.”
Headquartered in Barneveld, Wisconsin, Acala Farms is the exclusive producer and distributor of flavor-infused cottonseed cooking oils. Founded in 2012 by Peter and Sarah Botham, Acala Farms is part of the Botham Brands family of companies that also includes Botham Vineyards, Inc. More information can be found at www.acala-farms.com.
Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton. The Program is designed and operated to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton. It is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina.